The Royal Hall in Porta Nuova: waiting is a pleasure
German Enlightenment philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing once claimed,
The waiting of pleasure is a pleasure itself.
And to put his aphorism to the test, all you have to do is visit the Porta Nuova train station in Turin, finding your way to the “Royal Hall” – one of the most beautiful railway waiting rooms in the world.
When the main station of the Piedmontese capital was constructed between 1861 and 1868 – under the supervision of engineer Alessandro Mazzucchetti and architect Carlo Ceppi – this first-class waiting room became known as “Royal Hall” because it was also used by the Savoy family, who ruled over the new Kingdom of Italy, when they waited for their trains to arrive. It is decorated with magnificent frescoes by Turin-born painter and engraver Francesco Gonin, dating back to 1864.
Gonin was a favorite of the Savoy court and composed for the occasion a triumph of colors, representing the four elements of nature and four continents.
Perhaps, the only criticism for this beautiful room might be, indeed, that one might decide not to leave after all…